If you download the Matroska link to the right, you will get a mkv-file with optional subtitles, which you can play with a vlc-player on your computer.
Helmut Käutner’s debut film, though not as well known as some of his later works like “Große Freiheit Nr.7” or “Unter den Brücken”, shows astonishing assurance and wit.
The setting is Lugano (Switzerland), where an apparently very important world conference takes place. The film tells the story of the young Kitty (Hannelore Schroth), who works as a manicurist at the Eden Hotel, and who in the course of events gets to know both a young journalist (Christian Gollong) and the English minister of economics (Fritz Odemar). A lot of wild mix-ups, comic situations, a love story and occasional singing ensue, and in the end most of the VIPs have gained their share of laughter… There’s also a great performance by Paul Hörbiger as the hotel porter. For a 1939 film made in Germany, “Kitty” is remarkably irreverent and satirical about politics.
But “Kitty” is not only interesting because of its plot and its irony; the young Käutner was also fond of playing around with the cinematic apparatus, as the opening sequence with its split-screens and superimpositions indicates.
Unsurprisingly, Goebbels didn’t approve of it at all, and was especially angry about what he perceived as a too positive portrayal of the representatives of Great Britain. Thus, the film was taken out of circulation almost immediately after its premiere.